This Day in History: Teddy Roosevelt, childhood invalid turned Rough Rider

On this day in 1901, Teddy Roosevelt is sworn in as President of the United States. His predecessor, William McKinley, had just been assassinated. The country was in mourning for McKinley, obviously, but many Republicans were unhappy for another reason, too: They really didn’t want Roosevelt to be President! In fact, he’d been nominated for […]

This Day in History: John Cromwell, a captain who went down with his ship

On this day in 1901, a hero is born. Captain John P. Cromwell would become the most senior submariner to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II. He stayed aboard his sinking submarine because he knew that his death would keep vital American secrets out of enemy hands. What kinds of thoughts go through your head […]

This Day in History: A Signer of the Declaration with a lot to lose

On this day in 1736, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in Virginia. Carter Braxton was a wealthy and influential man with a lot to lose! His family had received large land grants from King George II. He had a thriving tobacco business. He held many public offices. It would have been […]